Harrow Yard, Akeman Street, Tring

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Harrow Yard, Akeman Street, Tring
Harrow Yard, Akeman Street, Tring
Project Data
Client
Try Homes
Location
Akeman Street, Tring
Size
11 dwellings
Tenure
Market Sale
Woods Hardwick
15-17 Goldington Road
Bedford MK40 3NH
Tel : 01234 268862
Fax : 01234 353034
[email protected]
www.woodshardwick.com
The Harrow Yard site is a long narrow
site, which was previously in commercial
use. Located on the edge of the town
centre and within the town’s
Conservation Area, the site offered a
number of design challenges, not least
the need to achieve a high standard of
design in order to make a positive
contribution to the character and
appearance of the historic Akeman
Street.
The site’s Akeman Street frontage is
bounded by a listed Methodist Church
and two listed obeli to the north, and a
listed cottage to the south. This meant
Woods Hardwick had to consider the
most appropriate way to relate the new
development with these existing listed
structures. This challenge was made all
the more interesting due to the
differences in the set back distances
between the Methodist Church, which
has a deep set back from Akeman
Street, and the cottage, which sits on the
back-edge-of-the-pavement.
The layout of the development was
dictated by the shape of the site, with
buildings extending with the depth of the
site, reflecting the traditional pattern of
development in such sites in Tring. The
location and siting of the frontage
dwelling overlooking Akeman Street was
carefully considered to respect the views
that can be gained of the obeli from
Akeman Street.
Consequently, the
frontage dwelling created a comfortable
linking element between the different set
back distances of the listed buildings to
either side.
Key project features
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Conservation Area
Sensitive urban design
Responding to local character
Maximisation of value by design

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